June Paper Pumpkin

The June Paper Pumpkin is here!!!  Whoo hoo! This month’s kit is so cute and summery!  I love everything about it, especially the bright colors and cute watermelon stamps.  Paper Pumpkin is a surprise every month, so obviously there are going to be some you love more than others.  Well, this is definitely one of my favorites.  I don’t have anything like this in my stamp inventory, so it’s perfect… Read More »

Need A Tag?

Do you ever need a quick tag for a gift?  Use your stamping supplies!  Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy to whip up a cute tag.  Here’s a couple I made recently. This first one is for my son’s girlfriend.  I wanted to make it cute and girly, so I grabbed my Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and Scallop Tag Topper Punch. I made the tag itself out of a Silver… Read More »

Life Is A Beautiful Thing

Life IS a beautiful thing.  I love that saying, because it’s something I truly believe. The other day, I was perusing Pinterest and found a gorgeous, tranquil photo that I wanted to copy.  On the surface, it seems so simple … a beautiful sunset, water, and one chair.  I decided to try to watercolor it. Here’s the photo I found so you can see my inspiration.  I had to change… Read More »

Mixed Drinks & Watercolor Pencils

I have a fun card to share today that uses several techniques AND another watercoloring tutorial.  I got to play with my new Embossing Paste this weekend, and as expected, I absolutely love it.  It’s so much fun to have another cool technique to use in my toolbox of tricks!!! The Embossing Paste comes in white, but you can color it very easily by adding a drop of re-inker.  To… Read More »

Oh So Eclectic!

My mom visited last weekend, and when we get together, we love to craft!  So not only was she able to attend one of my stamp workshops, but the next day, we had fun stamping and experimenting with new techniques! The card I’m sharing today includes two stamping techniques: 1) the background involves something new that I’ve never tried before, and 2) then I watercolored the flower and stitched circle, so… Read More »

Banners For You Graduation

My son is graduating from college!  We’re so proud of him!!!  Oh my gosh, it seems like yesterday that I was bringing him to his first day of Kindergarten.  Look at that sweet little face. Now, he’s graduating from California State University East Bay with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Therapeutic Studies.  He has a job as a Physical Therapy Aid, and he’s working… Read More »

Colorful Seasons Watercolor

Today, I have a fun new card to share with you featuring the Colorful Seasons suite of products.  I’m also going to start a tutorial series on watercoloring.  I recently had a customer ask for detailed instructions on watercoloring tools and techniques.  She indicated that she doesn’t have a local demonstrator, so I thought it might be useful to other customers who read my blog and are in the same situation. … Read More »

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

The new Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog is live!!! You can click on the photo below to go to my online store and shop.  Also, if you don’t have your copy yet, feel free to contact me.  (I will reimburse you for the cost on your first order over $50.)  You can also download a PDF version of the catalog from my blog.  (I love to put a copy on my phone… Read More »

Daisy Gift Bag

Today is the last day to order from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog.  Just in case there’s something you’ve put off purchasing, I wanted to give you a friendly reminder. Tonight, Stampin’ Up! will update their system to transition to the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog; therefore, you will not be able to order from 11:00 PM (PDT) tonight through tomorrow June 1 at 11:00 AM (PDT).  After 11:00 AM, go… Read More »

Daisy Delight

It’s almost time for the new Annual Catalog!  June 1st is right around the corner. Today, I have a preview of a project made with one of my favorite new suites of products, Daisy Delight.  You’re going to love this stamp set and coordinating Daisy punch, designer series paper, and embellishments.  The stamp set is beautiful and super versatile, and the colors of the paper are gorgeous, including this lovely… Read More »

May Paper Pumpkin

It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  The May kit is called Sprinkled With Love and it includes supplies to make nine cute little “donut” themed cards.  How cute is that? Several of the cards are in the shape of donuts, including frosting embellishments! Here’s a picture of the contents of this month’s kit.  (You get all of this for the monthly subscription price of $20 plus tax, and that incudes shipping.)  The kit… Read More »

Just Breathe

It’s the weekend!!!  Just breathe and relax! Today, I have a preview of lots of fun things coming in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog that goes live on June 1, 2017.  That’s just around the corner!  One suite of products that instantly caught my eye was the Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  There are SO MANY elements to these two sets.  I can literally use… Read More »

New 2017-2019 In-Colors!

The new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is coming out on June 1, 2017, and with it comes new colors!  Each year, Stampin’ Up! introduces five “In-Colors” to its permanent palette to keep the colors fresh and on trend.  The In-Colors are only available for two years, and they are specifically created to coordinate with each other, as well as the previous year’s In-Colors. Well, I have to say that I’m a… Read More »

Envelope Card

Happy Mother’s Day!!!  Hope all the mothers out there are enjoying a great day with their families and feeling lots of love! For my project today, I tried something different.  I’m not really sure if I love it, but it’s different, so I decided to post it.  I made a card out of an envelope created with the Envelope Punch Board and Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  It’s got a… Read More »

Botanical Gift Bag

Today is my monthly Stamp Club meeting!  My friends and I gather together once a month to make four projects and rotate hostesses.  It’s a great way to learn new stamping techniques and try out new products, while having fun visiting and catching up, as well as reaping the rewards of free hostess dollars!!! My project share for today is the door prize I made to give away tonight.  It’s another… Read More »

2018 Desktop Calendars

I’ve been debating with myself whether I should continue posting my desktop calendars this year.  For those of you who don’t know, each year I design twelve 4″ x 6″ desktop calendars for the following year.  I usually make one page a month and accumulate them over the year so I can give them out as Christmas gifts in December.  The only thing is that making these calendars is a perfect opportunity… Read More »

Retiring Picture Perfect

This is both an exciting and sad time of year for me.  I get so excited when the new Annual Catalog is coming out!  The new products help inspire my creativity.  And boy oh boy, this year’s catalog will NOT disappoint you!  It is AMAZIMG!!!  I think it’s my all time favorite, seriously! On the other hand, it’s also time to say good-bye to old favorites.  My card today uses several… Read More »

Fun Tutorials

The last few weekends, I’ve been busy designing projects for my upcoming Stamp Club on May 11th.  As a result, I haven’t had many projects to share on my blog.  So instead, today I’m sharing a couple tutorials created by the Stampin’ By the Sea Team. I belong to a great group of demonstrators, lead by Kimberly Van Diepen, who collaborate once a month to create projects we can share. … Read More »

Painters Tape Masking

Today, I have a fun technique to share with you.  It involves creating a mask with painters tape! I heard about this idea from a fellow demonstrator and thought it was so clever!  I had my daughter buy me the widest painters tape available at Home Depot.  (She hangs out there a lot, because that’s where her boyfriend works!  Ha!!!)  Initially, I thought I would need to select a die cut that… Read More »

Old Retiring Favorites

Stampin’ Up! recently announced the list of retiring products.  Several of them are on sale and are available only while supplies last.  The best way to see an updated list and view the sale prices is to go directly to Stampin’ Up!’s website. One of my all time favorite stamp sets and coordinating framelits is retiring:  Botanical Blooms.  I love the tropical flowers and leaves in this set!!!  As of… Read More »